mesna (generic name)

It is used to prevent bleeding from the bladder during treatment with ifosfamide
(MES na)
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What is this medicine?

MESNA (MES na) is used to prevent bleeding from the bladder during treatment with ifosfamide. This medicine does not reduce the chance of getting other side effects of cancer chemotherapy.

What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine?

They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
  • autoimmune disease like lupus, nephritis, or rheumatoid arthritis
  • uncontrolled nausea and vomiting
  • an unusual or allergic reaction to mesna, sulfur medicines, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
  • pregnant or trying to get pregnant
  • breast-feeding

How should I use this medicine?

Take this medicine by mouth with a glass of water. Follow the directions on the prescription label. For best results take this medicine at the exact times that your doctor tells you to. If you need to you may split tablets in half to get the right dose. Take your medicine at regular intervals. Do not take your medicine more often than directed. Do not stop taking except on your doctor's advice.

Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. Special care may be needed.

What if I miss a dose?

If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you can and call your doctor. Do not take double or extra doses.

What may interact with this medicine?

Interactions are not expected.

What should I watch for while using this medicine?

Your doctor will follow your condition closely while you are taking this medicine. Tell your doctor right away if you see that your urine has turned a pink or red color.

It is important to drink at least a quart (4 cups) of fluids each day that you take this medicine.

If you vomit within 2 hours of taking this medicine, tell your doctor right away.

What side effects may I notice from receiving this medicine?

Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:
  • allergic reactions like skin rash, itching or hives, swelling of the face, lips, or tongue
  • breathing problems
  • blood in your urine or pink to red colored urine
  • fever, chills, or sore throat
  • flushing or redness to skin
  • mouth sores
  • swelling of ankles, feet
  • vomiting

Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):

  • aches and pains
  • bad taste in mouth
  • diarrhea
  • dizzy, drowsy
  • hair loss
  • headache
  • nausea

Where should I keep my medicine?

Keep out of the reach of children.

Store at room temperature between 20 and 25 degrees C (68 and 77 degrees F). Throw away any unused medicine after the expiration date.

Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use this medication only for the indication prescribed.

Last Updated: July 06, 2009
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